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The Trust’s mail and registered address has changed. From 1 September 2018 contact us by post at Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust, Stratherrick Public Hall, Gorthleck, INVERNESS, IV2 6YP.

This page includes information on the Trust’s Community Broadband Scheme.

Here you can find our latest updates and learn how you can join up.

Superfast Broadband Extension in Stratherrick & Foyers August 2018

Cromarty Firth Wireless Networks Ltd and Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust Ltd today announce the extension of their Superfast network in the Stratherrick and Foyers area.  During their August board meeting SFCT approved the funding and plans for Phase 2 of their Community wireless broadband scheme. CFWN will implement the infrastructure for SFCT and continue to operate the network on the Trust’s behalf.

The announcement of Phase 2 is the outcome of months of work and planning; while there are still some final landowner consents to be resolved CFWN and SFCT are confident work will start soon. Phase 2 also includes upgrading the main connection for the network from  copper cables to a fibre cable. This upgrade will allow the network to cope with the increased demand but the aim is also to future proof the scheme.

Many of the nearly 100 properties likely to be covered within Phase 2 will be eligible for the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme which covers the majority of the installation fee.

For further information please contact:

Jenny Gillwald 07530768968

enquiries@cfwn.co.uk

About Cromarty Firth Wireless Networks Ltd

CFWN started because founder (Mike Hicks) was fed up at the non-existent broadband at his home in the Black Isle. He engineered his own solution, which involved a high speed radio link across the Cromarty Firth. Within weeks neighbours were clamouring to have the same solution and so an engineering exercise turned into a business, we currently have hundreds of links in the Highlands all based on high speed radio broadband. Although we have grown dramatically around the Cromarty Firth, we are now looking at other areas in the Highlands, especially those which are poorly served by the BT Openreach network.

We are one of the fastest growing internet providers in Scotland currently employing 10 people.

Cost of installation is subject to survey however a standard installation with the BDUK scheme is £10 or £40 with an upgraded AirCube AC router. On-going costs for the service are £32.40/month.

We offer one simple service which is an average of 30Mbps+ with customer connections limited to 50Mbps

Line rental is not required on our service so customers can significantly reduce their household bills by either doing away with it completely or switching over to CFWN’s own VOIP service which is £5/month plus call charges.

About SFCT

Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust are funded by the Energy companies which operate wind farms and hydro schemes within our Community Council catchment area.   Some years ago, the Highland Council prepared a ‘Concordat’ (an Agreement), at the heart of which is an agreement to compensate communities with a range of ‘community benefit’ payments designed to support local groups and encourage positive community development.  This is by way of compensation for having such large developments constructed within our communities.  These agreements will then last for the lifetime of the windfarm etc.

Here in Stratherrick & Foyers our main funders are currently Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) and Greencoat Wind UK. The Trust also receives and distributes community benefit payments from the Easter Aberchalder Partnership and Green Highland Allt Luaidhe (228) Ltd.

We liaise regularly with our contacts at SSE and they take an active interest in finding out and in contributing to the debate on how their ‘community benefit’ funds are spent.  Our relationship with them will last for 25 years or more so we work hard to ensure that communications are positive and well informed at every stage.

The mission statement for the trust is “We will act to enhance the quality of lives of people in the Stratherrick & Foyers Community Council area by engaging with the issues that matter to the community, and by supporting people, at a sustainable level (i.e. with finance, personal time, expertise etc.), to help make things happen.”

About Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme UK

Digital Scotland administers the UK Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme in Scotland. Its aim to ensure that the remaining 5% of homes and business not covered by the current DSSB programme.

Individuals can apply if:

  • Your home or business can’t currently access a broadband download speed of at least 2Mbps
  • There are no affordable alternatives that provide at least 2Mbps download speeds
  • There are no plans to bring Superfast Broadband to your location within 6 to 12 months of your application.
  • You must be the owner or occupier of the address you give on the application form.

Previous Update from 1 March 2018

Here is the latest on the Broadband – click the link below for a PDF file with the article in the March 2018 Edition of the Stratherrick and Foyers NEWS.

Broadband Update 1 March 2018

Update 7 February 2018 

It is all good news. More households are getting connected.  This week installers are working around the Whitebridge Hotel and new line of sight links to homes are going in.

Stratherrick & Foyers Community Broadband Update – November 2017

The infrastructure for Phase one of the Community Wireless project is now fully complete. Phase one is from the Stratherrick Hall to a property in Gorthleck then bounced to a tower at Wester Drummond & one further mast to the South of Whitebridge. From this, we currently have 22 households connected & enjoying speeds of around 40-50mbps (some have recorded over 70mbps!?!) This number of households is more than double that had originally signed up for connection in the Phase one area & the number is still rising! This is fantastic but all takes time & there have been some interesting installations but the team from CFWN are working hard to find solutions for each property that wants the service.

We are now working with CFWN on moving out further to other areas for phase two & have been travelling about looking at locations & contacting householders, whilst the installation work still continues in the phase one area.

CFWN are a small local company that are expanding but are also very busy so capacity is an issue but the progress we have made is the envy of many other Communities & we are being talked about as an example of what is possible.

In other broadband news, I have been told that the BT cabinet that is due to go in at Lower Foyers should be installed next month with a possibility of being live early next year. Also, the Better Broadband voucher Scheme, that was meant to end at the end of this year, has been extended for another year. This scheme gives a grant to help with the installation costs. Please see link below for news item ~ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/better-broadband-scheme-extended-for-another-year

Finally, for those that we haven’t yet reached – Thank you all for your continued patience, we hope to be with you soon!!!!!

 

 

Installations and expansion is ongoing in the Whitebridge area.  A report is expected in early October 2017.

Our First Base Station has gone live on 20 June 2017.

You can read our latest flyer at this link Broadband scheme update flyer 1 July 2017

or attend this drop in event in 13th July 2017 

Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust are holding a Broadband Afternoon and Evening on Thursday 13th July 2017.  The venue is the Stratherrick Hall.

We hope you will drop-in to the Hall between 3pm and 8pm.

Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust is working with local firm Cromarty Firth Wireless Networks to beam broadband signals around the area.  This gives households the opportunity to tap in to high speed broadband through a wireless system which does not rely on phone lines.

You are invited to come along to the Hall to learn more about the new system and check the speeds available Community Trust Directors and technicians from Cromarty Firth Wireless Network will be on hand to answer questions.

Here is the link to Cromarty Firth Wireless Networks website http://www.cfwn.co.uk/

If you wish to discuss anything about the Broadband project with Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust please contact Sharon Ferguson on 01456 486771